When do I need a new tire?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by broncobowsher, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

    Dec 30, 2001
    I am sure that fresh tires make a difference in snotty conditions. We just don't run into that much out here.
    I did notice at the nationals at Sipapu that most top riders spooned new tires on just about every bike before comp day.
    Well......actually, someone spooned them on for them!
  2. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 44 years

    Mar 9, 2013
    Wichita Mountains SW Oklahoma
    Yeah, hurt$, but I still buy them because they are so good and last me a few years. Dunlop 803 is about half. Not sure how long Michelin can sustain that posture.

    Burdensome is how many machines I maintain on the ranch. I counted 42 tires on the many and varied machines :-( Just changed the small tractor tires by hand. Try $550 per tire doing it myself! When the backhoe needs rear tires, which was yesterday... sheesh.

    We often only think about tread, but the carcass get a combo of fatigued and stiffer after a long while. New tires have a nice combo of absorption and spring. This lingers into rounded knobs, but the super-used tires feel dead to me. I've bought used bikes with Grapes of Wrath tires, put new ones on and what a difference!
  3. 2feetdown

    2feetdown Been here awhile

    Jan 27, 2014
    One of our regional riders refuses to run mich lite tires and runs only Dunlop he says they last twice as long and sometimes 3-4 times as long if the mich lite ruins because of a flat (sidewall problems) and he can run less pressure in the Dunlop with out popping the bead when he hops and bounces. If you figure $85 for one dunlop and $300 for 2 mich lites mich thats a big difference. He won the top class at the regionals last year so why spend the bucks.